Downtown Dog-Park Grand Opening
The new Downtown Pop-Up Dog Park at the corner of South Elm and Lee Streets will open September 28. The grand opening from 9:00-11:00am features diverse opportunities for both man and beast: the Bandito Burrito food truck offering COFFEE & BREAKFAST BURRITOS • PAWS FOR EFFECT mobile grooming unit • RED DOG FARM adoptions • FRISBEES • BISCUITVILLE dog treats & give-aways • TOYS • MUSIC • AND MORE!
This new temporary dog park will be managed by Greensboro Parks & Rec exactly like the bark-park at Country Park, with same rules (firstname.lastname@example.org) and fenced areas for small dogs separate from large dogs. In addition to providing dogs a chance to run around and show off, it is also an opportunity for folks to explore and get excited about the soon-to-be-redeveloped area. And for the City to test the idea of a permanent dog park in downtown.
Cool To Be Smart
Mary Claire Brogden, a Western High School graduate, won a new Prius C on at the Rice Toyota/Scion Cool To Be Smart event on August 4. 534 graduating seniors were eligible to attend the event, where Guilford County Schools recognizes its recent graduates who passed the most Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams during high school, as well as those students who earned college credits through the district’s early and middle colleges and Career Technical Education programs. Cool To Be Smart, now in its 11th year, is sponsored by Businesses for Excellence in Education, an Action Greensboro initiative.
synerG Bus Shelter Comes To Rest
synerG, Action Greensboro’s Young Professionals initiative, has partnered with UNCG’s Communication Studies Department and Dudley High School to create an artist-designed and fabricated bus bench and shelter, and that shelter is now in place! Installed on July 19 on the southwest corner of Market and Edgeworth Streets in front of the YMCA, the snappy green shelter should be turning heads on Market Street and keeping folks dry for years to come.
A transit shelter was selected as synerG’s 2012 “Big Idea” to be a visible public works project allowing synerG to leave a tangible, lasting impact on the larger community. In addition, the project raises awareness of the need for more bus benches and shelters and supports student civic action and advocacy.
Artist Julia Burr of Black Mountain, NC designed and fabricated the bench and shelter, guided by the concepts of color, community and growth. She chose a rich green recycled plastic to represent growth and incorporated glass marbles in the walls of the structure to shift and swirl the indirect light on the north side of the YMCA. The shelter’s walls contain open circles that function as windows and represent unity and wholeness.
Cool To Serve
Businesses for Excellence in Education, an initiative of Action Greensboro, is a partnership of the business community and Guilford County Schools. One of its programs, Cool To Serve, is an annual character development event to reward students who have recorded at least 175 hours of service-learning time, making them eligible to win Apple computer products or a new car. Approximately 200 graduating seniors were eligible to attend the 2013 event and win the car.